Recoverable Autonomous Sonde for subglacial lakes exploration: heating control system design

Title Recoverable Autonomous Sonde for subglacial lakes exploration: heating control system design
Publication Type
Journal Article
Year
2021
Author(s) Haibin Yu , Tianxin Zhu, Xiao Jiang, Yongzhen Tang, Xiaodong Li, Chong Li, Shengmiao Huang, Jianguang Shi, Youhong Sun, Pavel Talalay, Xiaopeng Fan, Xiao Li, Yazhou Li, Shilin Peng
Journal/ Publication
Annals of Glaciology
Pagination
1-13
Abstract

Drilling and sampling are the most direct and effective methods available to study Antarctic subglacial lakes. Based on the Philberth probe, a Recoverable Autonomous Sonde (RECAS) allows for in situ lake water measurement and sampling, through the addition of an upper thermal tip and a cable recoiling mechanism. RECAS-200, a prototype of RECAS, has a drilling depth of 200 m, a surface supply voltage of 800 VAC and a downhole power of ~9.6 kW during drilling. In this study, a heating control system for RECAS-200 was designed. The system avoids the need for high-power step-down converters, by separating heating power from control power, thereby reducing the overall weight of the probe and avoiding the need to increase cable diameter. We also introduce a self-developed, small, solid-state, 800 VAC power regulator and a fuzzy PID temperature control algorithm. Their purpose was to manage the power adjustment of each heating element and to provide closed-loop temperature control of certain heating elements which can easily burn out due to overheating. Test results indicated that the proposed RECAS-200 heating control system met all our design specifications and could be easily assembled into the RECAS-200 probe.

DOI
10.1017/aog.2021.5
File
URL
Special Collections International Workshop on Ice Drilling Technology Series, 8th International Ice Drill Symposium
Categories Hot-Point Drills, Subglacial Access
Citation Haibin Yu , Tianxin Zhu, Xiao Jiang, Yongzhen Tang, Xiaodong Li, Chong Li, Shengmiao Huang, Jianguang Shi, Youhong Sun, Pavel Talalay, Xiaopeng Fan, Xiao Li, Yazhou Li, Shilin Peng ( 2021 ) Recoverable Autonomous Sonde for subglacial lakes exploration: heating control system design. Annals of Glaciology , 1-13 . doi: 10.1017/aog.2021.5
Lead Author
Haibin Yu